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How to Choose a Weight Loss Program

Written on January 2, 2013 at 9:31 am , by

Happy New Year!

With the new year comes new goals.  Most people have “lose weight” somewhere on that list.  Some will choose to eat less and exercise and read Fitness magazine for inspiration.

It Sux To Be Fat reading Fitness Magazine

Millions of people will choose a weight loss program to help them achieve their goals.

Here are five things to remember when choosing a weight loss program:

  1. Ask yourself, “Can I do this the rest of my life?”  Any program you choose must be able to be done for the rest of your life.  If the answer is no, you are less likely to have LASTING weight loss.  Yes, you might have weight loss for a short amount of time but if you cannot stick with their plan forever, eventually you will quit and chances are you will gain some, if not all, of your weight back.  So, this is the first tip because it is most important.  I chose Weight Watchers because they have a plan that works for my life.  I know plans like Jenny Craig and Medifast have a period where they transition back into “real food” at the end of their programs.  I know Wheat Belly Diet and others like it teach you to eat to live healthier.  Just take a few minutes, do some research and find the plan that fits into your lifestyle the best.
  2. Ask yourself, “Is this program affordable?”  Another goal for many people is to get their finances under control.  If you choose a weight loss program that is too expensive, you are more likely to quit.  Find one that fits into your financial plan.
  3. Ask yourself, “Does this program have people I know that have been successful?”  You want to choose a plan that has success – LASTING SUCCESS.  If you can see others who have lost weight and maintained it for several years on a weight loss program, that is a good sign that you will find success also.
  4. Find a buddy to do the program with you.  If you can, get some support.  When I joined Weight Watchers four years ago, I went with my dad.  Each week we would go to meeting together and support one another.  It was so nice to have him there and be able to talk to one another and it helped us to stay on track.  Over the years, I have become friends with other members at my meetings and we miss each other when we don’t show up.  Accountability is important so try to find someone to join the weight loss program with you.
  5. You must remember this – The program won’t work itself!  All of the above things are great and true but if you don’t work the plan, the plan won’t work for you.  No matter which weight loss program you choose, you must be 100% committed to doing what they ask you to do.  Stick with it for at least six weeks.  If after that time, you don’t think it is working for your life, find a different program.  There are so many weight loss programs out there that work for different people.  If you are in one that isn’t working for you, don’t waste any more money.  But…you have to do the program like you are supposed to.  Whole heartedly!

I want to encourage you to choose a weight loss program.  It can be anything you choose but choose one that will make you healthier this year.  This is YOUR year.  You can do anything you put your mind to!

What is one thing you plan to do in the New Year?

Jen of ItSuxToBeFat lost 100 pounds on Weight Watchers

I successfully lost 100 pounds on Weight Watchers!

Failure to Plan

Written on September 4, 2012 at 9:54 am , by

Failing to Plan is Planning to FailOne of the major keys – Possibly THE major key to weight loss is one simple word.

P-L-A-N

In everything you do, you must go in with a plan.

First, let’s talk Food.

  • Breakfasts are pretty foolproof because there are so many options of grab and go. Even if I don’t plan breakfast, I can still be successful. I usually stick with oatmeal which is a quick two minute prep.
  • Lunches are another story. If I don’t plan my lunch the night before, my only choice is to either have the hubs bring me something or eat school food (blah…no thanks!). Lunch must be planned out and MADE the night before. If I don’t make it the night before, then I run the risk of either running late to work or not having a lunch.
  • Snacks are the same as lunches. If I don’t pack one, I don’t have one.  With my job, it is a little tricky sometimes because I don’t have the option of running out to get something. Either I have it or I do without.
  • Dinners – THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IF I DON’T HAVE A PLAN!  Sure, I can always stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up something to make. However, the reality is that I am usually too tired to think that hard. I have to have a plan. Not only do I have to have a plan, I have to grocery shop ahead of time and have the food ready and available.

This has really tripped me up this past week. I didn’t really have a plan so we ate out almost every night. FAIL!

I am going to make this one of my goals for September – Plan meals and grocery shop on the weekends for the upcoming week!

Now, let’s talk Exercise

Planning is so important when it comes to exercise. Without a plan, I tend to make excuses and do without.

My best exercise program that I REALLY stuck to was when I was training for my half-marathon. I think because it was written on a calendar, I did it. I worked out every time I was supposed to! It was awesome!

With my job, I have to plan ahead to exercise by packing my workout clothes in my car. If I don’t pack them, I have the perfect excuse NOT to workout. After I get home, I have dinner, dishes, lunches and then bed…no time for working out. I have to workout BEFORE I get home.  Without workout clothes, that is not going to happen!

For the month of September, I will be training for another half marathon so hopefully I will rock the exercise!

When it comes to being successful in weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you eat right and exercise, the weight will come off.

When it comes to planning and weight loss, eating and exercise are your two biggest worries. If you plan for your eating, and plan for your exercise, the weight will come off!

Remember…A failure to plan is planning to fail. What steps will YOU take this month to plan for success?

 

Jennifer Swafford writes about weekly weigh ins, healthy recipes, product reviews, and weight loss at It Sux To Be Fat. Follow her journey on Twitter or Facebook as she goes through life’s ups and downs and takes her new healthy lifestyle one day at a time.

Fitterati Links: Kale Soup Recipe, Natural Childbirth, and Wearing White After Labor Day

Written on August 27, 2012 at 10:30 am , by

Kristin shares a delicious recipe for Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup. Yum! —Iowa Girl Eats

Kristin shares a delicious recipe for Tuscan Kale & White Bean Soup. —Iowa Girl Eats

What a few of our Fitteratis have been up to…

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Reaching Your Health and Fitness Goals with Online Personal Training

Written on August 10, 2012 at 2:30 pm , by

Isn’t it crazy how by mid-July, we’re already getting bombarded with “back to school” everywhere we go? I mean, didn’t school just get out? Oh wait, no…time flies and it’s already August. Craaaazy!

Anyways…it seems to me like people often take the “back to school” vibe as a brand new initiative to get started on a goal. Dare I say it’s almost as popular as the “New Year’s Resolution?” But the truth is, you don’t need a special day, week, or month to get started on a goal…you can get started RIGHT NOW!

And if your health and fitness is a personal goal that you’re working towards, then I’d love to help you get that head start with my online personal training. (Click to keep reading…) Read more

Dare to Dream Big Dreams

Written on July 23, 2012 at 9:36 am , by

friend of mine posted this on Twitter last night:

 A dream doesn’t have to be BIG to be a big dream. Big dreams come in all sizes :)

And it got me thinking about dreams.

I once dreamed I would become a pediatric oncologist. Then I realized math and science weren’t my forte and headed toward the law degree I now have. I dreamed about traveling the world – and have had some pretty amazing experiences realizing that dream. I dreamed about moving back to my hometown and becoming the Executive Director of an amazing non-profit – and that dream has come true.

On my fitness journey, I’ve had a few dreams too. I dreamed about doing a sprint triathlon.

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I dreamed about running a half marathon.

I still dream about running a sub 30 minute 5k.

Maybe it’s because I’m pregnant and am “sitting on the sidelines” for the time being, but I really haven’t been thinking about big dreams lately.

Maybe it’s because part of me is afraid that I have achieved all this “wannabe athlete” is capable of achieving. Maybe I should leave the “big dreams” to others more athletic, more dedicated than me.

But then I remember that if I had that mentality when I started this journey, I still wouldn’t be able to run a mile. I wouldn’t know the thrill of crossing the finish line of my first half marathon. I wouldn’t know that I really am so much stronger than I thought I could be.

So maybe…just maybe…it’s time to dream big again.

What is your BIG dream?

 

5 Great Race Signs

Written on July 19, 2012 at 10:49 am , by

Sure, running a race is the best, but spectating is pretty cool, too.  And to be a great spectator, you need an amazing sign. Here are five of my favorite race signs from over the years.

Here’s a few posts about racing from Healthy Tipping Point:

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Caitlin blogs at Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful.  You can follow her on Twitter at CaitlinHTP. Her second book, a guide to healthy living, was just released this past May.